Reading Teacher Endorsement
The Reading Teacher Endorsement is designed for teachers who teach reading in a setting other than a self-contained classroom. This endorsement can be obtained on an early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special certificate.
The endorsement requires 24 semester hours of credit with coursework in the following areas:
- Foundations of reading
- Content area reading
- Assessment and diagnosis of reading problems
- Developmental and remedial reading instruction and support
- Developmental and remedial materials and resources
- Literature appropriate to students across all grade ranges
- Reading practicum (at the level of your licensure band)
Candidates must ssuccessfully pass the Reading Teacher (177) or Reading Specialist (176) test.
The endorsement is added to the existing PEL; candidate only able to be “Reading Teacher” at his/her current grade level range (e.g., elementary, middle, or high school level)
Goals of the endorsement program include: deep understanding of reading and reading instruction; understands how to diagnose reading disabilities and how to teach and support the education of students with reading disabilities; participates in curriculum design and implementation; communicates and works with the public and other professionals; and has high professional standards.
The courses are 3 credits each and generally delivered in the following sequence:
Phase I. Foundations in Literacy (15 credits)
LTRE 500—Improvement of Reading in the Elementary School
LTRE 505—Teaching Reading in the Middle School
LTRE 511—Content Area Reading
LTIC 515—Bilingualism and Reading
LTLA 543—Writing Instruction
Phase II. Diagnosis and Remediation (9 credits)
LTRE 520—Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Difficulties
LTRE 530—Practicum in Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
LTRE 531—Practicum in Problems of Teaching Reading
For more information about the program, contact Corrine Wickens at (815) 753-8485 or email@example.com.
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Gabel Hall 147